Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies + Summer Tea Time

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These tasty little Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies are perfect for Summer Tea Time. Pair them with Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea for a refreshing afternoon tea time snack! Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies on This Gal Cooks When I was a wee little kid, I remember my mom making big ole jars of sun tea. When I say big, I mean big. You know those crazy huge jars of pickles that you often find at the big box warehouse stores? The ones where not only is the jar jumbo size, the pickles are too. After a bunch of those pickles were devoured, my mom kept the jar. At least I think that’s how it went. Maybe someone else’s family devoured those pickles and then gave the jar to my mom.

I don’t remember having any of those pickles at our house. But maybe I don’t remember because I was too busy being a kid, running around playing outside or playing scientist with my science kit. Whatever the case may be, my mom ended up with a huge empty pickle jar and she started making sun tea in it. Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies on This Gal Cooks If you don’t know what sun tea is, let me explain it. You fill up a jar with water, place some tea bags in the jar and then set the jar on a table next to a bright window. The sunlight that peeps in through the window slow brews the tea. After the sun tea was finished brewing, my mom loaded it up with sugar. My dad grew up in the south and he loved his sweet tea. Now I’m not really a fan of sweet tea anymore but I sure did like it back then! Nowadays I prefer plane ole unsweet tea. It’s a #TEArifficPairs with cookies. Especially these Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies. Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies on This Gal Cooks My favorite brand of tea has always been Lipton. Sometimes I buy the family size bags so I can make a huge pitcher for Ken and I to enjoy. Sometimes I buy the little individual bags so I can enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. Sometimes I keep both on hand because, well you know, you can never have enough tea. When I was at Wal-Mart the other day, I saw this Lipton Fresh Brewed Iced Tea. Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies on This Gal CooksThe box says it’s specially blended for iced tea. I was like “whoa, tea made specially for iced tea?!” I had to buy a box so I could try it to see if it compares to the classic Lipton tea bags and if it works any better for iced tea than the classic Lipton tea bags. Looks the same. Smells the same. Tastes the same! But to me, it’s a little smoother than traditional tea that’s brewed and then cooled. Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies on This Gal CooksOn a hot summer afternoon, I like to enjoy a glass of ice cold unsweet tea. Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies are an added benefit to the tea. Sittin’ on my back patio with my feet propped up, glass of iced tea in one hand, tea cookie in the other. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cookies + Summer Tea Time
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • 1 C butter, room temperature
  • ¾ C confectioners sugar, plus more for sifting over the cookies
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ C ground pecans
  • 1¾ C all purpose flour
  • ¼ C coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp poppyseeds
  1. Preheat your oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the ¾ C confectioners sugar, the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until blended. Then mix in the poppyseeds.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the pecans, flours and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture while beating on low. Continue to beat until combined. The dough will be thick and a little crumbly.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 tbsp balls. I used a 1 tbsp size cookie scoop to do this. Place the dough balls onto the parchment lined baking sheets, about 1 - 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. After baking, dust the cookies with some confectioners sugar. I just put the sugar into my sifter and sifted over the cookies. You can also dip the cookies into the confectioners sugar.
Makes approximately 18 cookies.

If you don't have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer.

Recipe loosely adapted from the Williams Sonoma Baking Cookbook.
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Serving size: 2 cookies

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  1. says

    These cookies look delicious, Julie! We love sweet tea in this house and always have a box of the family size iced tea bags in our cupboard…. like all year round, lol!
    I didn’t grow up drinking sweet tea often, but I do remember making sun tea occasionally in the summer. :)

  2. says

    Julie, these little cookies REALLY remind me of some little icing sugar-covered almond shortbread cookies that are made in Greece for Christmas! They look like little snowballs! As for tea, well, I love it, too! I always have a hot cup every morning before I do anything else (well, I am English!) and again when I come home from work. It’s a comfort thing, I think. What’s interesting though is that we hardly drink any cold tea over here – I guess it’s all about the weather – and Lipton is considered to be the worst tea you can get. Haha! I think it’s because it isn’t very strong and stronger tea is better for hot tea, if that makes sense. I found the ‘sun tea’ thing interesting! Never heard of that before but it’s a great idea!

  3. says

    Julie, these cookies look fantastic. I have never tried sun tea before, but it sounds really good. I bet it would go great with these lemon cookies.

  4. says

    These remind me of my mom’s Russian Tea Cakes she makes at Christmas – they’re round + coated in powdered sugar that gets absolutely everywhere, but are so delicious, you don’t care.
    And I’d like a glass of sun tea, please!

  5. says

    These cookies look incredible Julie! Lemon cookies are my weakness especially when combined with poppyseeds. These sound like the perfect afternoon treats with some sun tea – pinning :)

  6. Joanne says

    These look really tasty! I love anything with lemon and poppy seeds. I bake almond poppy seed tea cookies with an almond glaze. Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. says

    I adore all things lemon poppyseed! Especially in buttery tea cookies, mmm delicious. I think its bad that I want this for breakfast, but I’m not going to worry too much ;) Haha, that is too funny about the pickles! I think I would remember eating ones that big! And I’d much rather have the tea than the pickles. Tea and cookies that is!

  8. Jess Jo says

    These look fabulous! I’m not sure what you mean by ground pecans – ground finely like almond meal or just chopped into small pieces? x


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